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Daemon
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formicary

(noun) A nest of ants.

Synonyms: anthill

Usage: Hours after accidentally stepping on a formicary, she was still picking stray ants off of her jeans.
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formicary
Definition: (noun) A nest of ants.
Synonyms: anthill
Usage: Hours after accidentally stepping on a formicary, she was still picking stray ants off of her jeans.
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Without a help from anybody, poor thing in heels.
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Latin formica, ant.

The acid in ant stings is methanoic acid, HCOOH, but since it was obtained by distilling crushed ants, it was called formic acid. So the associated aldehyde was called formaldehyde (systematic name methanal) - the stuff used to preserve things.






and the polymer formica..... well, that is called that because it is a substitute for mica.
Geddit - oh, industrial chemists, such wags.
But, it is actually melanime resin reacted with formaldehyde to create a polymer - melamine formaldehyde.
So still with the ants. Applause


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Noun 1. formicary - a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nestformicary - a mound of earth made by ants as they dig their nest
anthill
hammock, hillock, hummock, knoll, mound - a small natural hill
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Word History: Yes, this word comes from the Latin verb formicare "to swarm like ants", derived from formica "ant". "Formica means 'ant' in Latin?" I hear disbelieving carpenters ask, "So, what about the countertop laminate of the same name? Is it made from ants?" Well, that formica—Formica® to be exact—inherited its name from mica, according to the original Formica® website. Since Formica was originally a substitute insulation for mica, a popular electrical insulation of the time, the company decided to use that phrase as a name for the new product. Later, when this material was used to make the laminate, the company decided against changing the name.

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